Eau Claire (WQOW) - Friends and acquaintances are remembering a former Eau Claire teen, whose life was cut short in a traffic crash. 17 year old Cullen Connolly of Eau Claire died Friday.
Cullen grew up in Eau Claire, but recently moved to Arizona. That's where the van he was riding in was hit by an SUV.
On Tuesday, News 18 spoke with a couple of people who knew Cullen. Kathy Bareis was one of his art teachers at De Long Middle School. She still has some of his old art work.
"He never gave up when there was any type of an obstacle, he continued to try and I know on some days he was very uncomfortable he might have been in pain, he never gave up and I think he would want all of us to continue to try and do our best, he was an amazing young man," said Bareis.
Cullen also enjoyed playing power wheelchair soccer. News 18 with a couple of his teammates Tuesday as well.
"He may not have been the loudest on the team, but he was the rock at the base of the team," said Julie Endres, a former teammate of Cullen.
"We knew he was going to pass on sooner or later because of his disability but being taken out by a drunk driver, that made me cry. I don't cry," said Jason Endres, a former teammate of Cullen.
The sheriff says the driver of the SUV that hit Cullen's van was under the influence of alcohol. The driver and his passenger were arrested on numerous charges.